[Part 1 of Are You Harming Your Eyes with Eye Makeup? appeared Monday.]
Makeup Tips to Keep Your Ocular "Windshield Wipers" in Working Order
1. To remove waterproof or long wear mascara, allow the makeup remover (usually an oily product) to rest on the area a few moments, before wiping it away. This gives the solvent time to soften hardened mascara.
The DC Area Eyecare doctors do not recommend baby oil, Vaseline, or other products commonly found around the home for use around your priceless eyes. One patient admitted using alcohol to remove her eye makeup because "it's natural".
2. Avoid applying powdered makeup with a makeup brush anywhere near the eyes. The doctors caution, "you can end up with thousands of miniscule particles in the eye."
3. Take care with creams as well. Make sure not to apply creams to the very edge of the eyelid rim where they can migrate into the eye.
4. Cleanse after you cleanse. After removing eye makeup with a product designed for that purpose, "wash your face and gently 'shampoo' your eyelids with a mild, non-creamy* facial cleanser or gentle shampoo. And, in the morning, wash your face and eyelids again." keep your eyes closed and gently massage the area. Rinse and pat dry.
* Remember that creamy products can clog the meibum oil ducts of your eyes' windshield wiper system,.
Are your eyes wide open and debris-free now? Mine are.